Stress makes your life a misery and you wish to get rid of it for good? We selected the 5 best sites in the world to take yoga lessons. When the solar star comes up, you'll be able to perform yogi master positions such the Sun Salutation, followed by a meditation session. Take your outfit with you and fly away to an intense relaxation stay.
Yoga, India's spiritual food
The word ‘yoga' comes from old Sanskrit ‘jug', meaning ‘link the body, heart and mind'. Its practice was conceived in India more than 5,000 years ago. Since then, it has perfectly eased its way into people's everyday life. There are more than one hundred types of yoga, most being taught in various schools in Delhi.
Sivananda Yoga is a renowned place, located in a bungalow converted into an ashram. The programme consists of several stretching, inversions and twists, as well as the sirsasana pose on the head for master yogi. As for the Yogakshema centre, it is based on the teachings of late Guru Ji, a.k.a. BKS Iyengar. You can also get lessons of pose alignment called ‘yoga Iyengar'.
A-41, Kailash Colony, Behind Metro Station
Plot No. 65, 66, 67, Indian Heritage Society
Deendayal Upadhyay Marg
International Orange in San Francisco, for body and mind
The most famous Spa of all San Francisco, for both yoga lessons and aromatherapy. Here, you will always start with a yoga session before massages and care. A few salutations to the sun will help get rid of toxins, relax your skin, body and mind. You will also be more open to the benefits of plant and essential oil-based treatments being conscientiously performed by the therapist for an hour and half. In case of jet lag, opt for a head and feet massage. If you feel tired or slow, try a heated basalt river rocks massage. Afterwards, you'll only need to relax on the Spa's wooden terrace for a herbal tea, depending on your metabolism. At the end, you'll feel just like new!
2044 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Playa Hermosa in Costa Rica, a must-go-to
Costa Rica's motto (Pura Vida, the good life) is not devoid of meaning. It is a philosophy that encourages one to enjoy life and still respect the environment, creating a connection with the wondrous nature of this small country. It is therefore not surprising that yoga easily took root in such a context (it was imported by Zen surfers who loved to practice when they were not busy riding the ocean waves.
5-mile long Playa Hermosa is the perfect setting to take lessons bare feet on the sand, meditating in front of the Pacific Ocean horizon. Or else, to carry out a spiritual retreat for a few days, like at the Vida Asana Retreat Center, an eco-resort buried under tropical vegetation overlooking the beach.
Vida Asana Eco-Retreat and Yoga Center
Calle Hermosa 1 km East,
Playa Hermosa, Jaco 61101
Organic shops and yoga studios in the Kitsilano district of Vancouver
Greenpeace's stronghold since the 1970s, the Kits (for Kitsilano) is a hotspot of the environmentalist movement. The set is made of fashionable-organic eaters and everybody seems to practice yoga, to such an extent that the Lululemon apparel and the yoga mat substitute for handbags and traditional suits! Free lessons are offered out in the open, on the beautiful Kitsilano beach. From dawn till dusk, more than a hundred students of all ages and levels practice their salutations to the sun.
North End of Yew Street
Silver Island, near Athens: yoga island
Silver Island is located off the coast of Euboea, a three-hour drive from Athens. Owned by two sisters, Claire and Lissa Christie, it has become exclusively devoted to yoga practice under their impetus. Every week, a dozen students gather to enjoy peace and quiet on the island. Accommodated in five white and blue traditional small houses amidst olive trees, prepare yourself for a dreamlike programme: yoga sessions in front of the Mediterranean and meditation on the highest spot of the island. For the remainder, swimming, lazing about, kayaking and strolling around... A pure delight!
Silver Island Yoga
Pteleos 340 12, Greece